Rotterdam takes action

11 Aug 2014
Congestion troubles at Rotterdam means some cargo is being diverted to nearby ports. Photo: Roman Boed

Congestion troubles at Rotterdam means some cargo is being diverted to nearby ports. Photo: Roman Boed

As the shipping season reaches its peak, the Port of Rotterdam is seeing an increase in congestion, causing shipping companies to divert cargo to nearby Antwerp.

The European port says a key cause of the congestion is the arrival of large international container ships outside scheduled times at its ECT Delta Terminal and Euromax Terminal.

As a result, Hapag-Lloyd is diverting its Europe-Asia cargo to the neighbouring Port of Antwerp, for at least seven of its voyages. The company said it will continue to monitor the Rotterdam situation will be reviewed regularly and if necessary, we will advise on further Antwerp calls for consecutive voyages.

Now, Rotterdam Port Authority has diverted cargo itself to the Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) located next to the Delta Terminal. RCT will organise a berth, the unloading of containers and the overland transport to the Delta Terminal in an attempt to “unburden” the Delta Terminal.

Containers will also be shuttled between the Port of Moerdijk (MCT) and Maasvlakte to ease congestion. Rotterdam Port Authority says because the cranes on larger ships can operate more efficiently, the quay at Maasvlakte will be used more efficiently.

The Uniport Terminal will also be used for the “bundling” of inland shipping containers, and if necessary road containers, which Rotterdam says will result in greater efficiently at Maasvlakte.

In addition to these short-term measures, Rotterdam says the container sector continues to work intensively on structural handling improvements for the longer term.

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